Everyone experiences social anxiety at some point in their lives. Whether it’s making new friends, fitting in with a new group, or public speaking, social interactions can be intimidating and overwhelming. But, there are ways to overcome these fears and build your confidence.
Embrace the awkwardness: Let go of the idea that social interactions have to be perfect. Instead, embrace the awkwardness and accept that mistakes will happen. When you take the pressure off, it's easier to enjoy the moment.
Practice self-compassion: Treat yourself with kindness and understanding. Remember that everyone feels nervous in social situations at times and that it’s okay.
Focus on others: Shift your focus from yourself to others. Ask questions and actively listen to what they have to say. If you need help with this, we are developing a course that can help. You can get on the waiting list here. Focusing on others will help you feel more connected and less nervous. You may even notice a person standing to one side that is also feeling awkward and alone. (It might be me, hiding behind a potted plant!)
Get involved: Join a club or volunteer for events. This will give you the opportunity to meet new people and practice socializing in a supportive environment. A common interest can be a great hook to connect with.
Use your imagination: Visualize yourself succeeding in social situations. Imagine yourself confidently making new friends or speaking in front of a group. The mental practice will make it easier when you are in the moment.
HOLD's trained Listeners are confidential and non-judgmental, making it easier for you to process your feelings and talk through your worries and anxieties. Schedule now and see for yourself!